BLUES BYTES – MARY MYFANWY

Interview by Bob Gordon

What’s the best thing about playing festivals?

I’ve been lucky enough to perform at some fantastic festivals where I’ve taken away a special feeling of community that evolves from music. There’s always a rich variety of people who attend, and we all have one goal – to enjoy and support live music. Festivals play an important role in bringing into focus why music is so integral to society.

Do you have a Blues at Bridgetown experience that you’d like to share, either performing or as an audience member?  

Blues at Bridgetown has given me so many wonderful moments. I always have a blast performing and seeing my fellow musicians rocking it onstage. When you see the audience connecting with you, when they are truly listening to your song lyrics, it’s the best. As a songwriter, those moments are the absolute dream come true.

Where do you feel you fit in musically along the blues and roots scale?

The blues roots definitely reach into folk blues and soul for me. Certain strong female blues singers have inspired me over the years. They are emotive, sometimes cheeky, and always with this depth of feeling that can make any mundane theme seem magical.

What have been the highlights of your music career thus far?

When someone comes up to me after a performance and tells me that one of my songs made them laugh or cry, or maybe it gave them a sense of peace – those are the highlights for me. Also, I was support act for Daryl Braithwaite once and that was pretty cool!

What have you been mainly focussing on in 2023 and how is it coming along?

2023 has seen me focusing on a duo that my sister, Esther Victoria, and I have put together called The Sisters of Corn. It’s fun-filled, edged with black humour, with harmonies and a whimsical twist. We have a lot of laughs and have been accumulating a following of great listeners.

What are your plans and hopes for 2024?

To build on our Sisters of Corn act and maybe release our first album. We’ve got some quirky songs that seem to resonate with our audiences, and we keep being asked when we’re going to record! Soon! Maybe!

What can folks expect from your performances at Blues at Bridgetown? I’ll be performing a variety of gigs over the Blues weekend from traditional blues to soul and gospel. Look out for the Sisters of Corn as they’ll be entertaining as well as my solo gigs. Check out my Facebook page Mary Myfanwy Music for updates.